After witnessing Spurs dominate Inter in, and knock AC Milan out of, the Champions League, I can’t help but think it’s where we belong. Having only missed out on the competition this season not by the fault of our own, but by UEFA’s obscene rules, I can see many-a-chance for Tottenham to play Champions League football again.
I’m forever optimistic (as I’ve had to be over the years), and this season is no different. Andre Villas-Boas has come into the club off of the back of a torrid tenure at our London rivals Chelsea with a fresh slate. I believe he will not make the same mistakes as he did at Chelsea, as we have a much younger squad who can be moulded to AVB’s tactics.
Spurs will enter the new campaign with a relatively unaltered squad from last season (assuming the ongoing Modric and Adebayor transfer sagas get sorted soon), and will be looking to play the attractive, attacking style that clinched fourth place for us last season.
AVB has added two great signings to the team in Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Vertonghen will add stability to a defence all too often ravaged by injury, and depleted by Ledley King’s retirement, and maybe offer an attacking threat from set pieces too. Sigurdsson will add another creative spark going forward, and has proved himself in the pre-season games, scoring twice in 4 starts.
I only have one major concern for the forthcoming campaign. Strikers. With Jermain Defoe the only recognised striker in the current Spurs squad, it’s obvious that some new signings need to be made.
I dream of a day where Spurs have the guts to play a Spain-esque ‘false 9’ formation or the ‘total football’ style of the 1970’s dutch national side, but I really do dream. Spurs need one or two more signings, both preferably strikers, to ensure a solid season.
As for finishing position, it all depends on the rest of the transfer window. Sign a world class striker and I truly believe we can be title challengers, but without a few new signings we may struggle to hold on to that elusive fourth spot.